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Listowel Writers’ Week in the firing line

August 04, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: journalism, participants

The controversy over Irish TD’s & councillors’ expenses has come to Listowel Writers’ Week.

Irish Independent reports…

“… Mr Dollard [councillor] said he had attended the Listowel Writers’ Week in Kerry three years in a row at an average cost of €1,000 on each occasion because he was the chair of the Westmeath Arts Forum. He confirmed he had not written any novels yet but said the areas of numeracy and literacy were very close to his heart.

I would go to a lot of seminars that deal with the arts. That’s why I go to the Listowel Writers’ Week. It gives me an insight into what is going on in the area of arts in Ireland, particularly literature,” he said.

Councillors claim €17,000 for mileage but don’t even drive – National News, Frontpage – (4 August 2009)

3 Comments to “Listowel Writers’ Week in the firing line”

  1. Anna O'Leary says:

    I’m sure he’s writing ON THE GRAVY TRAIN.

  2. Well said Anna !!

  3. I would like to invite Mr Dollard to give us a piece of his writing – his thoughts, impressions, what he’s learned as a result of being at Listowel Writers’ Week.
    It would be valuable to hear from him, as a public representative, who took the time to join in Writers’ Week.

    LWW will always gain by being there for our public represtatives to mix and think, so that their work can be informed by the experience.

    If anyone knows any other public representatives who’ve been at Listowel, please let us know and we’ll send out an invitation.


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